U.S. Naval history dealing with the men under Edward Preble of the Mediterranean command in the War of 1812, and how their careers demonstrated the results of his leadership. Here are the biographies of the men of action who carried on the system Preble had originated -- Bull, Jones, Decatur, Bainbridge, Lawrence, Porter, Burrows, Blakely, Warrington, Biddle and others -- men who were farmers, squires, Yankees and Southerners, eccentrics and millionaires, students and aristocrats. This is also a story of the United States in international activity, tradings and domestic politics, war and the pre-Mahan days. Boys will be particularly interested in this -- particularly those who have a naval career in mind. Specialized supplementary reading in American history.